One year ago today, we had the chance to travel to Albany for our first and only day of reporting there.
|Our perch in the NY Senate when the Marriage Equality Act passed one year ago today|
As days of political reporting go, it did not disappoint. On arrival, the halls were filled with passionate protesters: those demanding that gay and lesbian people not be allowed to "sully" the tradition of marriage, and those demanding marriage equality. At times, both were using religious chants to drown each other out, their singing voices ringing off the marble capitol building's hall and echoing far away.
Over the long hours of the day, rumors abounded that there were more than the two declared Republican state senators to vote for the Marriage Equality Act. At least one was needed for it to pass.
Finally, we got word that a bill was being printed, even though we didn't know if the votes were there for it to pass. As press, we could be on the floor with the Senators, in the South gallery (with the Human Rights Campaign's paid seat fillers) or in the North gallery (with activists who'd gotten arrested demanding marriage equality, often to the chagrin of Gay Inc., like Ben Strothmann/Honey LaBronx, Natasha Dillon and Jake Goodman).
We chose to sit in the North gallery. More »